The Novice

2021, Mystery & thriller, 1h 34m

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A remarkable first feature for writer-director Lauren Hadaway, The Novice paints a thrilling -- and disturbing -- portrait of obsession. Read critic reviews

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Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) plays Alex Dall, a queer college freshman who joins her university's rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter the cost. Intent on outperforming her teammates, Alex pushes herself to her limits-and beyond, alienating everyone around her in the name of success. Furhman's fierce lead performance collides with Lauren Hadaway's bold direction and dynamic editing, creating a visceral window into a cutthroat world. Stylish cinematography and a seductive soundtrack complete the experience, evoking the romance and danger of falling in love; the attraction, the drama and the fallout. This unapologetic debut from Hadaway, based on her personal experience as a competitive collegiate rower, heralds a bold new voice in queer storytelling. If you liked Whiplash, this one's for you.

Cast & Crew

Amy Forsyth
Jamie Brill
Kate Drummond
Coach Edwards
Lauren Hadaway
Screenwriter
Ryan Bartecki
Executive Producer
Alex Engemann
Executive Producer
Jeff Handel
Executive Producer
Christopher Hines
Executive Producer
Michael Tennant
Executive Producer
Randy Toll
Executive Producer
Steven Toll
Executive Producer
Todd Martin
Cinematographer
Nathan Nugent
Film Editor
Alex Weston
Original Music
Eva Kozlova
Production Design
Dominique Arnold
Set Decoration
Kate Adams
Costume Designer
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